Just got back into town from attending Adtech in New York and NewTeeVee
in San Francisco. Both were great events. This is my third Adtech (first time in New York) and I always find it to be very informative for digital marketers. There were a lot more ad agency types in the audience than the Adtech events in San Francisco, and as such, many of the discussions centered around the impact user generated content, mashups and customer ownership of the brand is having on ad agencies who are beginning to feel the pinch, not unlike music execs. It was pretty clear that agencies are starting to fear their hefty fees for delivering creativity that doesn’t deliver a whole lot of sales is in jeopardy as more customers opt to filter out traditional advertising in favor of user generated material passed on by friends. I strongly believe agencies who can’t find a way to adapt will be gone in short order. This is a cultural shift they can’t fight and possibly win. Just like music moguls trying to sue their customers for downloading and distributing music for free online. Can’t think of a better way to piss off your audience. Even if these guys can’t get with the program, there will be a lot of new agencies and music labels pop up with a business model that embraces what’s happening online. It’s already happening. And what can I say about New York… other than I think I’m in love. My first time in this unbelievable city and will definitely be back for a personal trip. Wow, my kind of town and judging by the number of people packing the streets, obviously I’m not the only one. The conference was a couple of blocks away from the Late Show with David Letterman building. My colleague Jose and I slipped into the Hello Deli to grab a sandwich and were greeted by Rupert Jee. Letterman fans know he is. As we waited in line, Letterman himself stepped out from the backdoor of the building just a few steps behind us and slipped into a car. Very cool. And one of the nights, Jose got caught up in the filming of an episode of Law and Order in Time Square and got his picture taken with Vincent D’Onofrio (Detective Robert Goren), a favorite TV actor of mine.
Om Malik’s NewTeeVee conference was a one-day event packed full of the who’s-who in the web 2.0 space. I REALLY enjoyed this event. Got a chance to connect with Matt and Barry of WordPress who are about to embark on an insane road trip from San Francisco, CA to San Antonio, TX. Good luck guys! Had a chance to also meet Steve Chen, founder of YouTube who mused about his appearance on Oprah last week and hanging out in the green room with actor Patrick Swayze. I think he still find all the attention a little overwhelming. Steve hosted YouTube at ServerBeach from the beginning, so we were lucky to get a first-hand look at their extraordinary growth. We plan on sending him the very first server he used to host YouTube. After speaking with him, I get the sense he’ll proudly place it on his mantle at home. Om, thanks for putting together a first-class event in a great facility. I’m looking forward to our partnership with the GigaOm network.